The biggest spring/summer hockey tournament has just been completed in Winnipeg this past weekend as the Edmonton Mercurys win the 1998 Elite division and the Alberta Alliance win the 1999 Elite division.
It was somewhat expected that the powerhouse Edmonton Mercury's would roll through until at least final with a star studded forward group and a defensive group that featured consensus top pick Kale Clague. The forward group had Tyler Benson, Alex Rotundo, Sam Steel as well as defenseman David Quenneville who we believe to be first rounders currently.
The Alberta Alliance did well through the tournament in at defeated the Western Canada Selects in the final led by Trey Fix-Wolansky, Cameron Lockard and Ryan Anderson to name a few. The Western Canada Selects featured a collection of players from throughout western Canada that WEHP helped put together to form a team that wasn't a pushover by any means. It was somewhat of a surprise that the powerhouse Vancouver Selects or the Manitoba Falcons didn't make the final though. The Vancouver Selects have many first round caliber draft picks in our minds as do the Manitoba Falcons. Perhaps we will have to re-think that to an extent?!
The Saskatoon Jr. Blades who were booted to the AAA Division won that division quite easily. Jake Leschyshyn, the son of former Saskatoon Blades and Colorado Avs defenseman Curtis, was a standout forward. But perhaps the top forward was Erik Gardiner, the brother or WHL first rounder Reid Gardiner, led the tournament in scoring. Erik is already 5'11-6'0 tall and looks to be a fast climber.
Players who climbed the rankings
Cameron Lockard -1999
Austin Nault - 1999
Trey Fix-Wolansky -1999
Ryan Anderson - 1999
Matthew Wedman - 1999
Kiefer Bellows - 1998
Quinn Benjafield - 1998
Jordan Taupert - 1998
Erik Gardiner - 1998
Dawson Martin - 1998
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